May 10, 2021
May 9-11 – Middle School Covid Test Taken
May 12 – Return to Full Time In-Person Instruction
May 12-14 – Middle School Backpacking Trip
May 17-21 – Washington State History Trip on Sucia Island, High School
May 31 – Memorial Day, No School
June 16 – Term End
June 17-24 – High School, Final X Backpacking Trip
June 21-24 – Middle School, Final X Backpacking Trip
June 25 – Last Day of School
Middle School Backpacking
The middle school will be departing on their first backpacking trip since the pandemic started this Wednesday! They will be spending three days in the Chuckanuts in what is forecasted to be ideal weather conditions.
We would like to have all students meet at Explorations on May 12th. We will be doing a second round of gear checks for anyone missing anything from today’s check and covering important safety information before departing in our buses. All families need to arrive before 9:00am to ensure that their children receive vital information and gear related to this trip.
Explorations Academy will handle transportation from the trailhead to the school unless parents have a specific need to pick children up from the trailhead. Students will be back at Explorations, ready for a 2:00 pm pickup on Friday, May 14th. All students without pre-established tutoring needs may leave at that time. Students who would like to have a tutoring session before returning home need to have that set up with their teachers prior to the start of the backpacking trip.
Please review the Backcountry Covid policy before departing for this trip.
Washington State History Trip to Sucia Island
The details for the Washington State History Trip are all coming together. We will be leaving in a chartered boat from Skyline Marine Center in Anacortes. The boat will leave promptly at 11:00. Families may meet us at the Marine Center in front of Blackfish Tours at 10:30; however, we ask that they notify us in advance. For those families for whom dropoff at Explorations Academy is easier, we are happy to transport students in our buses, but it is essential that students arrive no later than 9:00 to allow for ample time for packing and driving.
Due to weight restrictions on the boat, we ask that students limit the weight of their backpacks to 25 pounds including the weight of any tents that they are bringing (if it is a multi-person tent, the weight can be divided amongst those students sharing it). And speaking of tents, this is the one camping trip that we do regularly where students are allowed to sleep in tents. In the event that your family has a small tent that you would like to lend to the school or assign to a specific student, please let us know in advance so we can plan accordingly. Students are only allowed to share tents with prior written permission from the parents of all students who would like to share that tent (limited to three students per tent). Please let Elizabeth know if you can send a tent and send her the written note giving permission to share space if applicable. We will bring tarps or tents for students who are unable to bring their own.
Students will need all items on the backcountry gear list minus the ground sheet if they are bringing a tent. In addition, the gloves should be work gloves as we will be doing a service project with Washington State Parks.
We will return to Skyline Marine Center at 3:15 on Friday the 21st. The default option will be students return to Explorations Academy via bus for a 4:30 release. Students may leave from Anacortes only if the family has made prior arrangements with Elizabeth.
Finally, all students participating in this trip need to have a covid test on file from the 72 hours prior to departure.
Please let us know ASAP if your child will not be participating. Today is the last day to contact Marley to set up an independent contract if your child will not be attending and he or she would still like to earn credit.
Return to 5-Day per Week, In-Person Instruction
Starting Wednesday the 12th, we will be returning to five day per week, in-person instruction. We remind families that starting on that date, we will not be offering online instruction without advance notice. In addition, we have made some changes to the Covid Risk Management Plan to reflect revisions necessary for the smooth running of the school with more students in the building.
As part of our online offerings, all students had blocks of time in which they did not need to be in front of the computer. Moving forward, the project work time that middle school students used to have will be a staffed study hall/tutoring session. For the high school students, these independent times were allocated to PE. Moving forward, students in good standing may continue their independent courses independently. Those students without a track record of logging their hours will need to get caught up before gaining the privilege of having independent PE. We will have a staff member leading a PE course during that independent PE time (usually walking) for those students who have not yet turned in their hours and for those who prefer a more social PE experience.
Thanks to all those who participated in Give Big! this year. We received over $2000 in donations last week. We could not offer the programming that we do without your generous support.
We need your help to cover native communities and their impacts on Whatcom County.
A huge thank you to all the parents for celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week! We were treated with wonderful treats, gifts, flowers, meals, and beautiful notes of appreciation. Our hearts couldn’t be fuller.
FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine for Children 12 and up
While there is one final step remaining before children 12-15 can get the shot, several clinics are setting up vaccination programs for this weekend in anticipation of final approval. Please let us know if you have any difficulty finding an appointment, and we will do our best to assist in the process.